I like stuff. We all like stuff. Here are five items to look for that might possibly ruin your college career, your job and your life. Let’s face it — technology, gadgets and films are some of the reasons why we miss birthdays and procrastinate on essays. But hey, watching a movie during class satisfies our need for self-gratification.
Combining technology with eyewear, Google Glass gives wearers a reason to look pretentious and gives them that “I’m-better-than-you” sort of feel. But seriously, if you have $1,500 to waste, why not dump your money on these slick glasses?
Information on Google Glass is displayed via voice commands: To activate, wearers tilt their heads 30 degrees upward and say, “Okay glass.” Once activated, wearers say a command; examples include, “take a picture” or “record a video.” Google Now, Google Maps, Google+ and Gmail are default applications. Other apps include facial recognition, photo manipulation and translation apps. You can share information to social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
The number of Google Glass is limited. The product is in beta and is only available by request. Google says the general consumer release date is unknown.
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
If you like piña coladas, have enough of them and enjoy space movies, then you’ll love the special features included in “Guardians of the Galaxy” on Blu-ray. The features will have you glued to the screen so long you might neglect work, class and other important obligations or anniversaries. Yolo.
One of the main features of the Blu-ray is a series called “Galactic Adventurer,” which features behind-the-scenes videos of various locations. But wait, there’s more: There will be at least five deleted scenes that will end viewer speculation. Yippy. It’s set to be released Dec. 9 and is priced around $22 on Amazon.com.
Sweet, sweet Apple has once again proved that any gadget produced by the company sells. Although the touch-screen display on the watch might be too big for fingers, at least consumers will now be able to tell time without taking their phones out of their pockets or bags. Convenient. Compatible with iPhone 5 and newer models, the Apple Watch is able to receive calls, iMessage and SMS texts and can track fitness level. It can do everything an iPhone can do, but on your wrist. Wow.
Two things that might entice consumers to buy the $350 watch are its viewfinder and walkie-talkie functions. The spying capabilities with the device are endless. Seriously, though, don’t spy on others. It’s illegal in most instances.
‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’
One of the scariest films involving genetically-modified apes capable of ripping humans apart with a smile, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” on Blu-ray will satisfy your desire for a masochistic, sadistic, bloodthirsty foreshadow of the future. A special feature on the Blu-ray has Andy Serkis (Caesar) and director Matt Reeves elaborate on themes such as conflict and survival between humans and the apes. Other features that will make you go bananas are deleted scenes, interviews and an alternate ending featuring concept art. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” on Blu-ray is priced at $22.52 on Amazon.com and will be released Dec. 2.
The Oculus Rift gives gamers a chance to be exposed to the world of virtual-reality gaming, while giving them motion sickness and alienating them from face to face contact with co-workers and loved ones for weeks on end. There is one shortfall with the Oculus Rift, however: It is limited to computers. Sony, however, will change that sometime after 2014.
Project Morpheus is the codename for Sony’s virtual reality headset that is set to be compatible with the PS4 console and Playstation Vita. Shuhei Yoshida, president of SCE Worldwide Studios, said Project Morpheus has a display of 1080p resolution with a 90 degree field of view. Included in the headset, Yoshida said, are accelerometer and gyroscope sensors built into the unit as well as PlayStation Camera which accurately tracks head orientation and movement.
As far as sound, the headset will feature 3D audio that emits sound from all directions. Yoshida said consumers won’t spend $1,000 to get their hands on the headset.